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FTA appointment set to boost market-leading vis service

FTA has today (23 January 2020) reinforced its commitment to health, safety and wellbeing, by announcing the appointment of Mick Parcell as its new Head of VIS Health & Safety and Engineering Improvement.

FTA’s director of operations, Chris Lipscomb, comments: “FTA’s VIS team provides a blue riband service for our members, and Parcell’s appointment will strengthen our commitment to the continuous improvement of the work we do for our members, as well as for our team of highly qualified engineers. Parcell’s experience, gained working with some of the UK’s biggest brand names, will bolster our VIS management team and ensure that the service remains the industry leader in on-site inspections for vehicles of all sizes.”

Having qualified as an Automotive Engineer, Parcell joined British Airways (BA) where he helped to maintain their fleet of 3,500 pieces of Ground Support Equipment. Following BA, Parcell undertook a safety role with Babcock International having obtained a diploma in workplace health and safety. For the past six years, he has worked for the UK’s leading electrical certification body NICEIC, where he attained chartered member status with the Institute of Safety & Health and held the position of group health & safety manager.

Reflecting on his new role, Parcell comments: “I am thrilled to be joining FTA and become part of this essential service which provides such vital support to the organisation’s members. VIS engineers are known throughout the logistics industry for the quality and scope of their work, and I hope that my contribution can keep FTA at the forefront of future safety developments, to the benefit of the team as well as our members.”

Efficient logistics is vital to keep the UK trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. A champion and challenger, FTA speaks to government with one voice on behalf of the whole sector, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers.   

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